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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Boise Contemporary Theater fourth annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival


Deadline: May 5, 2024 at 11:59pm MDT

Boise Contemporary Theater is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival. Founded in 2021 with assistance from the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, the festival seeks to champion emerging and mid-career playwrights from marginalized communities by connecting exceptional works with professional actors, directors and technicians.

2024 also marks the launch of the Young Playwrights Initiative, which will select one unproduced work by a writer between 18 and 25 years old for inclusion in the lineup.

BCT has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $25,000 to support BCT’s 4th Annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival.

Writers will have four days of rehearsal to workshop their piece with a director and cast, followed by two

(2) staged readings of their work on the BCT mainstage.

Festival dates: August 14th - 25th, 2024

Playwrights will arrive on Thursday, August 14th.

Workshop will take place August 15th - 19th.

Readings will take place August 20th - 24th.

Playwrights will depart Sunday, August 25th

PLEASE NOTE: Exact travel and reading schedule will be confirmed in early June. Please apply with the intention of being in Boise for 10 days. However, artists may be able to leave earlier, depending on their placement in the lineup.

Travel, lodging, and a $1,000 artist stipend will be provided.

To apply for BIPOC 2024, please fill out this Google Form, no later than Sunday, May 5th at 11:59pm MDT.

A completed application includes:

● Script

● Logline

● Resume/CV

● Artist statement (<200 words) describing why you would like to participate and how your play would benefit from a workshop experience.

Please note that all plays must meet the following criteria:

● Submissions must be full-length stage plays (no short or incomplete scripts, screenplays or teleplays).

● Submissions must be unproduced, original works.

● Submissions may have been previously developed or workshopped in conjunction with a theater, arts nonprofit or school, so long as they have not been fully produced.

● Submissions are encouraged to include NO MORE than 5 actors. Larger casts will be considered, but smaller shows are preferred.

Any questions can be directed to Festival Director Lily Yasuda at: ly@bctheater.org

For general information on the festival, visit bctheater.org/bipoc

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